A PHONE mast near Clifton Park crossroads will be replaced by another — almost twice the height — to improve 5G coverage.
But residents near Wharncliffe Street say they already suffer from noise coming from the current 12.5-metre structure.
Telefonica, the parent firm of O2, has applied to replace this with a 20-metre monopole with six antennas and two dishes.
One resident, of Nelson Street, said: “Since the installation of the current mast, there has been a number of residents who’ve suffered from loss of sleep, even hearing the buzzing from the tower during the night when the roads are quiet.”
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Another added: “The existing mast, which is only half the size, has contributed to a decline in our quality of life through sleep deprivation as a result of systematic humming, which is more problematic at night and during spring and summer.
“We are continuously feeling tired and weary. The mast is simply too close to our home and a threat to our well-being.”
Another application would see a 20-metre mast replace the current 15-metre one on Kimberworth Road, opposite Ferham Park.